Article Image
News Link • TAXES: Internet

Internet sales tax embraced by no-tax Republicans

• Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- You don't see this very often: a majority of Senate Republicans voting to make people who buy stuff on the Internet pay state and local sales taxes.

Anti-tax guru Grover Norquist isn't happy about it, and the conservative Heritage Foundation is questioning the senators' conservative credentials. But the issue of taxing Internet sales is getting strong support from Republicans and Democrats alike.

The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bill to empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. Under the bill, the sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives.

1 Comments in Response to

Comment by Bill Barker
Entered on:

It is money grubbing, pure and simple. The additional costs to vendors, who will have to send out 51 (DC has sales taxes) checks, may be enough to cause some to just close down, rather than raise prices and loose business, resulting in a shutdown anyway.

Personally, the majority of my on-line purchases are done because what I am looking for may not be available locally without spending a lot of time and money on gas. It really has nothing to do with trying to avoid paying local taxes, although it is a plus. In fact, shipping and "handling" charges are sometimes more than the taxes would have been. People will pay for convenience.

Join us on our Social Networks:


Share this page with your friends on your favorite social network: